Key facts

1997 Volkswagen W12 Concept information summary

What body style?
fixed-head coupé with 2 seats
How long?
4400 mm
How heavy?
1200 kg
What size engine?
5.6 litre, 5584 cm3
How many cylinders?
12, W
How much power?
426 PS / 420 bhp / 313 kW @ 5800 rpm
How much torque?
530 Nm / 391 / 54 kgm @ 3000 rpm


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1997 Volkswagen W12 technical specifications


The W12 is an all wheel drive coupé road car with a mid located engine, manufactured by Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen W12's engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 5.6 litre, double overhead camshaft 12 cylinder with 4 valves per cylinder. In this application it has an output of 420 bhp (426 PS/313 kW) of power at 5800 rpm, and maximum torque of 530 N·m (391 lb·ft/54 kgm) at 3000 rpm.
It weighs a quoted 1200 kg at the kerb.
1997 Volkswagen W12 data
1997 Volkswagen W12 Concept data
Body type2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2530 99.6
Track/tread (front) 1620 63.8
Track/tread (rear) 1600 63
Length 4400 173.2
Width 1920 75.6
Height 1100 43.3
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.74
Kerb weight 1200 kg 2646 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Volkswagen
Engine code
Cylinders W 12
Capacity 5.6 litre
5584 cc
(340.757 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 81 × 90.3 mm
3.19 × 3.56 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.9
double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
4 valves per cylinder
48 valves in total
maximum power output 426 PS (420 bhp) (313 kW)
at 5800 rpm
Specific output 75.2 bhp/litre
1.23 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 530 Nm (391 ft·lb) (54 kgm)
at 3000 rpm
Specific torque 94.91 Nm/litre
1.15 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio
Fuel system
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1192.7 kPa (173 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 465.33 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 354.87 PS/g
261 kW/g
350 bhp/ton
0.16 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 3.83 kg/kW
6.4 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position mid
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels all wheel drive  
Torque split
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Top gear ratio
Final drive ratio
general ID15598
Production total
Model code
Model family Concept
RAC rating 48.8
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1997 Volkswagen W12 added 1998-04-11.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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